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After 16 years away Stan Peachey returns to his village. His wife still loves him but his sister wants revenge. What was his crime?


Malcolm McKay


Malcolm McKay


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Courtenay ... Stanley Peachey
Malcolm Storry ... Harry Peachey
Lindsay Duncan ... Kath Peachey
Miranda Richardson ... Valerie Paris
Nick Moran ... Elvis Paris
Liza Walker Liza Walker ... Carol Paris
Chloe Bates Chloe Bates ... Jennifer Paris
Oliver Cotton ... Neville Nunn
Trevor Cooper ... Vernon Shorter
Frank Mills ... Arthur Whadcoat
John Southworth John Southworth ... John Miller
David Belcher David Belcher ... Sergeant Palmer
Vincent Brimble Vincent Brimble ... Terry Parks
Michael Attwell ... Oliver Rowntree
David Sibley David Sibley ... Steven Last


After 16 years away Stan Peachey returns to his village. His wife still loves him but his sister wants revenge. What was his crime?

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3 July 1991 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Redeems Itself As A Black Comedy
5 August 2004 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

This was heavily hyped as a " dark , disturbing drama " before it was broadcast on BBC 2 in 1991 . It`s dark alright since most of the scenes are set during the night . Drama ? Hmmm . I can`t help thinking someone is having a joke somewhere

Tom Courteney plays Stan Peachey a man who has served 16 years in the big house for murdering two children and we`re shown " in graphic detail " how and why he killed them . " Right " says Stan in a heavy West country brogue to two children stealing apples " what have I told you ? I told you never to come in here again " Stan pulls out a shotgun and blows one of the little kiddies away while the other gives a totally disintrested look . BANG .Two dead kiddies and judging by their wooden vacant expressions you might be forgiven for thinking they were playing corpses before the off screen shots were fired . If anyone deserved to meet the business end of a shotgun it was the drama teacher who taught these two children how to act . They`re so wooden Stan must have thought he was felling a couple of trees

That scene must have been the source of REDMPTION`s reputation as a dark disturbing drama because there`s very little else that you wouldn`t see in an episode of EMMERDALE FARM . Okay it`s foul mouthed with everyone saying the " F " word in a West country accent ( An accent that`s difficult to understand ) , it contains a sex scene of a school girl selling her body to a man in his 40s and a scene with an attempted murder but none of this is at all convincing . Neither is the dialogue . Take this snippet when Stan`s brother ( Who works in the local slaughter house ) tells him what happened when the workers demanded a pay rise :

" They wouldn`t give us more money , but they gave us more meat . They gave us more meat "

Anyone else feel that William Goldman didn`t write this script ? I`m still trying to work out if it`s the dialogue that`s to blame or if it`s the actors who all act in a ridiculously OTT parody of inbred rural country folks . It`s probably the director`s fault but since it`s so stylised I can`t help thinking he`s winding up the audience who are too stupid to realise this is more of a black comedy than a dark disturbing drama

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